Friday, 28 June 2013

Mens cards with Best Dad Ever and Dapper Dad

There are only a few days left to get any items on the Retired Product List before our brand new Stampin Up catalogue launches on 2nd July. 

One of the exciting things about the new catalogue, as well as all the new lovely punches and stamps, are the new colours that we have this time!  I have been busy making lots of samples using these fabulous colours ready for my catalogue launch day, the first one being tomorrow,  Saturday.  I will reveal all my makes after then

As I have been busy I have forgotten to share the cards we made in the classes over the last couple of weeks. 

Stamps:  teeny tiny wishes
Card: whisper white, cherry cobbler
Ink: cherry cobbler
Tools: adorning accents embossing folder, heart punch, paper piercing tool, essentials paper piercing pack, word window punch
Embellishments: calypso coral bakers twine, rhinestones

A couple of mens cards, which are both made with stamps that will be no longer available after 30th June, Best Dad Ever which is on the retiring list and Dapper Dad which is in the mini spring catalogue. I love both these stamps and will be sad to say goodbye to them because they are versatile and suitable for men of all ages. We all find it quite difficult to create mens cards but I don't think you can go wrong with a watch or a few ties

 Stamps: Best Dad Ever,
Card: Early Expresso, very vanilla, soft suede
DSP: First Edition Speciality
Ink: Soft suede, early expresso, 
Tools: sweet buttons embosslits, bitty banner framelits, curly label punch, woodgrain embossing folder
Embellishments: Early expresso bakers twine

Stamps: Dapper Dad, teeny tiny wishes
Card: Night of Navy, Soft suede, whisper white
DSP: Regals Collection Paper Stack
Ink: Night of Navy, soft suede
Tools: Paper crimper, white gel pen, Labels collection framelits, Festive paper piercing pack


Friday, 21 June 2013

Swallowtail Butterfly

We used the large detailed swallowtail butterfly for our cards this week. This is one of the biggest stamps I have ever seen!  And I think it's also one of the prettiest. 

 I have made this card using vellum and naturals white card stock. The swallowtail butterfly and one of the butterflies from papillon potpourri were stamped in versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 


The images were coloured in using Stampin Up markers on the back of the vellum using marina mist, lucky limeade and daffodil delight.

The large piece of vellum was attached to some naturals white cardstock. The script from the French Foliage (unfortunately  now sold out) was inked in soft suede and randomly stamped on the front of the white card with a few of the scattered dots in so saffron.

Some bashful blue grosgrain  ribbon (retired) was tied around the card for decoration and the sentiment is from Made for You stamped in marina mist

Another version of the card in A5 size, which is just as stunning.

For the next card the butterfly was inked with So saffron ink pad and with some finger daubers, some pear pizzazz and calypso coral were dotted over it before stamping onto some white card. Each image was unique.

 Part of the butterfly was cut out and placed over designer series paper which was layered onto some pear pizzazz card.

 Dotted scallop border punch in so saffron was used to make a decorative strip and a bow with so saffron taffeta ribbon

You may not be able to see it in the photo, I put some sparkle on the butterfly image with some dazzling diamonds glitter and two rhinestones were placed on the antenna.

I just love the versatility of the swallowtail stamp. as you can see from the photos you do not need to stamp the whole image, just partly stamped is very effective.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Stampers 6

I am starting a New Stampers 6 Hostess Club, which will begin in July. I have two places remaining.

A Stampers 6 Club is a way of getting a few goodies each month without having to host a party in your home You commit to a  minimum of £25 + £1 P&P to spend each month for 6 months and one of the months will be your HOSTESS MONTH when you will earn all the free goodies of your choice from the catalogue.

 If you like the sound of being a virtual hostess and getting your hands on some great freebies please contact me for more information or to register a place before they fill 

The benefits to you of joining a club
  • Great way to budget for your new goodies
  • complimentary catalogues
  • a minimum free hostess spend of £25
  • During the 6 months you will be assigned a HOSTESS MONTH, this will be determine by lucky draw at the beginning of the club

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Stampin Up New Catalogue Launch Day

Due to demand and availability I am now putting on an extra date for the Catalogue Launch.

The two dates are:-

Saturday 29th June 12pm - 3pm (please note change of time)

Sunday 7th July 1pm - 4pm 

You can stay the whole afternoon or just pop in for a few minutes.  There will be demonstrations, FREE make and takes and a table of retired Stampin Up products on SALE 

I am charging £8 per person which includes a FREE copy of the New annual catalogue, a goodie bag, prize draw and light refreshments

Booking is essential to ensure availability of goodie bags and make and takes. 

If you are interested or have a friend who would like to come along and have a fun afternoon making some cards and using some of the New fantastic products please contact me on: 

 07793293599 or email:

I have also produced this flyer with details of the launch day and information on my card making classes. I would be grateful to anyone who has a workplace or a notice board who would be willing to display it. Could you please contact me and I will arrange for you to have a copy, many thanks 

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Variation of Stampin Up Card base pop 'n cuts

As promised on a previous page, some more cards using, the new "Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts" and the "Dress Up" Framelits Die which are featured in the Spring Catalogue.  

Colours used So Saffron, Calypso Coral and whisper white

What little (or big girl) wouldn't love to dress up the dress form with the little dresses I put in the inside pocket!

A variation of the card base, instead of using the dress form to make a dress, I turned it into a pot full of flowers

Colours used Rose Red, Pool Party, Gumball Green and Pink Pirouette

Stamps used Secret Garden and matching framelits

Finally, for the third card I created a table with lace tablecloth using a doily and standing a cup cake on top

Colour combination of Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede and whisper White

Stamps used create a cupcake

I loved playing and creating all these variations using the card base, and I hope you like them too. I wonder what other types of cards we can make?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

New Crafting Goodies have arrived!

I'm so excited!! look what has arrived today

Two boxes full of crafting goodies from the new Stampin' Up catalogue.  Can't wait to unpack them to see the new gorgeous products that will be available when the catalogue launches in July.

Saturday 29th June 2013

1pm - 4pm

Catalogue Launch Party


Includes Copy of New Catalogue,  Make & Takes, Prize Draw and Goodie bag

Sale of Retired Products

Please come and join me to have a browse through the new catalogue and see some of the fabulous new products and have a play with them. I shall also be selling some of the retired products on the day

Please contact me on 07793293599 or email if you would like to reserve a place

Monday, 10 June 2013

All dressed up with pop 'n cuts

 As soon as I saw the dress up stamps and framelits in the Spring/Summer mini catalogue I knew I needed them and knew all my ladies would love them too. 

I also needed the pop 'n cuts card base to compliment them. Although it is a considered purchase ( £32.95 card base + £17.95 dress form pop 'n cuts) I have been playing around with all these items and created a number of different cards, not just with dresses to show the versatility of the product.  I will post the things I have made in a few days time.

Early expresso, crumb cake and whisper white colours were used and Fancy fan embossing folder as the background.

  I have used two different stampin' around wheels on this card,  the measuring stick  and viola's lace builder rollers, both in soft suede ink. The ladies were apprehensive about using the rollers, especially the lace one directly onto the card but they all achieved fantastic results 

The next card uses so saffron, midnight muse and gumball green colour combination. The dress was stamped in Midnight muse and cut out with the framelits. 

The patterned paper is from the print poetry designer series paper stack. Argyle embossing folder for the back ground. Sentiment is from itty bitty banners. 

The final WOW card took quite a time to create as there were a lot of different components.  

The Card base pop 'n cuts was used to create the main card in pool party and whisper white was used for the dress form in the middle.  The dress on the front was stamped in Summer Starfruit and layered onto one of the Apothecary Accents framelits

A combination of Comfort cafe designer series papers and crumb cake were also used.

The dress up framelits, stamps and card base pop 'n cuts are featured in the Spring/Summer Catalogue until 30th June. You can purchase the stamps and framelits as a bundle saving 15% at a cost of £34.50 wood or £30.95 clear mount. (individual price - framelits £20.95, wood mount £19.95, clear £15.95)

 Please contact me on 07793293599 or email  if you would like to purchase any of the items

Saturday, 8 June 2013


Best of Flowers

As part of the 25-year anniversary celebration, Stampin' Up are  bringing back some of our favourite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into five sets, which will release-one set per month- until October 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image! 

  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at 17.95 € / £13.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month) until October, all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • A new flyer will be released every month for each new Best of set.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.

Single Stamps

From now until 31 August 2013 (or while supplies last) Stampin' Up are offering five single-image stamps for you to choose from!

  • You can find the stamp item numbers on the flyer.
  • These won't be sent in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four.
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to purchase a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyer.
  • There's no limit on how many stamps you can purchase.
  • These stamps are only available through 31 August 2013, so get them while you can!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Retirement Lists

Stampin' Up have published their retirement lists in preparation for the new annual catalogue launch in July. The retirement list is a list of products that will no longer be available after 1 July.  In fact, these products are only available while stocks last, and may sell out way before then, so if there's something you can't live without, please contact me ASAP to place your order, as I'd hate for you to be disappointed!  Some of the huge variety of stamps, inks, papers, ribbons and tools are discounted by up to 50 per cent so get browsing.

  • The retiring stamp sets can be found here 
  • And the retiring accessories list is here

There are some fabulous bargains to be had. Some items are discounted up to 50%, please remember once the items are gone they are gone

You can place a customer order by calling me on 07793293599 or email me at  Shipping to your door is £4.95 or just £1 if you collect your order from me.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Cruising from Dubai to Singapore

Hi everyone, I can't believe it has been three weeks since I last updated my blog. 

We have just returned from a fantastic holiday starting in Dubai cruising down the Indian Ocean visiting Goa and Cochin in India, and Penang and Kuala Lumpa in Malaysia finishing with three nights in fabulous Singapore.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, the world's most luxurious 7 star hotel.
Atlantis Palm, Duabi

Dress, trousers and shawl made to measure in an hour in Goa
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpa
Houseboat on the backwaters of  Cochin, India where people were washing their clothes and cooking utensils, We even saw them  cleaning their teeth and showering in the river!

Afternoon Tea At Raffles
Raffles Hotel, home of the Singapore Sling

I fully recommend a cruise holiday to anyone it is a great way of exploring different destinations of the world.  Time flew by with so much to see and do and we made lots of new friends.

The Merlion, Marina Bay, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, stands 200metres tall  with skypark and infinity swimming pool on the top

View from the top of Marina Bay Sands Skypark
Whilst I was away unfortunately I had no internet connection, so I have been trying to catch up with all my emails today in between putting in several loads of washing!!

There seems to be a lot happening at Stampin' Up at the moment and I will be back tomorrow to share details of the retirement lists